Agriculture: Plants & Animals

Programs in this area provide students with hands-on learning experiences in a wide variety of fields such as animal science, agribusiness management and entomology.

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agriculture-badge-area-of-studySpartans in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) cultivate the next BIG IDEAS in food, health and the environment.

Agriculture: Plants and Animals

Agriculture touches every part of our daily lives. From the food we eat, to the processing and materials that products are made from, people working in the field of agriculture have a big impact on the world around us.

In the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, agriculture encompasses the business, science and skills required to produce the food we eat and the resources we use.

We draw on our rich history of innovative research and community outreach to meet the growing agricultural and food demands of the 21st century!

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Agriculture Majors

  • Agribusiness Management (B.S.)

    Agribusiness management is the application of business skills in areas such as marketing, finance, economics and management to the agricultural industry.

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (B.S.)

    This program prepares students for careers as school-based agriculture, food and natural resources teachers at the secondary level, careers in education fields, or professional or graduate school program.

  • Animal Science (B.S.)

    Animal science encompasses livestock production marketing, public affairs, transportation, research, companion animal management and many more allied specialties.

  • Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)

    The Biosystems Engineering program combines biology with engineering to ensure there is safe and plentiful food, clean water, renewable energy and a healthy environment.

  • Crop and Soil Sciences (B.S.)

    This undergraduate curriculum is designed to train students as professional crop scientists, soil scientists, turfgrass scientists and environmentalists.

  • Entomology (B.S.)

    Courses are designed to give the student an understanding of the structure, classification, identification, function, biology, ecology, and management of beneficial and harmful arthropods, and the communities and ecosystems where insects occur.

  • Horticulture (B.S.)

    The Horticulture program prepares students to make new discoveries in the plant sciences, promote the use of plants and food for improved human health, and manage and develop landscape design projects.

Certificate Programs

  • Agricultural Industries

    The Agricultural Industries Certificate Program is for students who are interested in gaining in-depth agricultural industry and business knowledge to apply to their own operation or to launch a career in the industry.

  • Agricultural Operations

    The Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management.

  • Dairy Management

    The Dairy Management program is designed to give students a foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business that they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

    The Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program at community college partners provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use and management of fruit and vegetable crops.

  • Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management

    The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the fruit and vegetable industries.

  • Horse Management

    This certificate program is designed to allow students the opportunity to specialize in the area of horse management, such as horse farm management, feeding and nutrition, basic reproduction, horse behavior and more.

  • Livestock Industries

    The Livestock Industries certificate program is designed to give students a professional advantage in the livestock production career field of their choice.

  • Viticulture

    The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.

Graduate Programs

Some College of Agriculture and Natural Resources graduate programs include:

  • Agricultural Food & Resource Economics (MS, PhD)
  • Animal Science (MS, PhD)
  • Biosystems Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Entomology (MS, PhD)
  • Horticulture (MS, PhD)
  • Horticulture – Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology (MS, PhD)
  • Crop & Soil Science (MS, PhD)
  • Crop & Soil Sciences – Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology (MS, PhD)
  • Plant Pathology (MS, PhD)
  • Path Pathology – Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology (MS, PhD)

More information is available in the CANR Graduate section and through the MSU Graduate School.